Vehicle tracking can significantly enhance fleet operations, in terms of cost-saving, risk management and improving productivity. Advances in fleet tracking mean that it can now help you unlock hidden potential within your business.
And while the number of problems that telematics can solve is rapidly growing, the technology has remained focused on a simple and straightforward user experience.
Benefits you understand already
Most fleets understand the basic benefits of a GPS tracking system:
- Manage employee and contractor costs
- Prevent theft and unauthorised use
- Improve productivity and customer service
With telematics, you can check and verify when a vehicle and workers were on site, and for how long. This helps to reduce inflated overtime claims and keep your overheads down. A P11D management tool also makes it quick and easy to separate private and business mileage, keeping you HMRC-compliant.
Vehicles fitted with trackers deter thieves – and are much easier to recover if the worst happens and they are stolen. With a live map displaying vehicle locations in real time, you can also minimise unauthorised use of company assets by employees. Furthermore, the geofencing function enables managers to create boundaries on a map, sending you alerts if a vehicle breaches the geofence.
You can enhance both productivity and customer service thanks to real-time fleet tracking. Customers benefit from more accurate ETAs and you can also respond more effectively to emergencies or last-minute orders or requests from clients. Telematics can even help settle customer queries or disputes, as it provides concrete proof of exactly when your vehicles visited their premises.
Telematics is now even better value-for-money as it can help with the following:
- Cut fuel consumption
- Improve driver safety
- Reduce insurance premiums
- Prevent breakdowns and minimise down time
The single biggest impact on fuel consumption is the driver. Solutions such as driver behaviour technology help to break bad driving habits and are proven to save up to 15% on your fuel bill. By focusing on key areas such as excessive idling along with heavy braking and harsh acceleration, driver behaviour encourages safer driving. This minimises the risk of at-fault accidents, meaning you could benefit from lower insurance premiums.
Automated vehicle health checks provide an early warning system to potential problems such as a flat battery. In this way, telematics helps to prevent vehicle breakdowns and enables you to plan vehicle down time for maintenance when it suits you.